Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, 1968—The Pontiac GTO and the Ford Mustang were about to receive a wake-up call. Adorned with the familiar cartoon decal, Plymouth’s new release took to the streets, ready to explain its creative moniker and unseen capabilities. Plymouth took the outright awesome power of the very expensive GTX, threw in some clever marketing, removed most of the costly trim and high-end standard equipment and created a sure-fire formula for a successful and unbeatable car that became the icon of the muscle-car era. Equipped with a 383 cubic inch engine and four-speed gearbox, the 335-horsepower Plymouth sent the engineers of Ford and Pontiac
back to the drawing board in search of more ponies.
The Road Runner was an instant success and by the close of 1969 it had been named Motor Trend Magazine’s Car of the Year.
The convertible was first offered in 1969. The Road Runner droptop pictured here is finished in the factory color of Rallye Red and is equipped with the 383 cubic inch engine, manual four-speed gearbox, and an 8¾” Chrysler rear end. The interior is black vinyl and features optional bucket seats, center console with arm rests, black top and carpeting, back-up lights and power steering. It has an AM/FM radio and factory-ordered dashboard tachometer. It is also complete with a correct Carter four-barrel carburetor and has recently had a set of Magnum 500 wheels fitted to Widetrack R/T tires.
This Road Runner is stated to be in stunning overall condition with the hand-rubbed Rallye Red paint presenting a deep and luxurious appearance. The panel fit, a noted Plymouth shortcoming, is understood to be excellent. This impressive example is one of only 2,128 Road Runner convertibles produced in 1969. The stunning condition, limited production, extensive list of options and unbeatable street prowess make this a highly desirable and collectible vehicle.